A good first chapter book
An eight-year-old boy is given the task of retrieving a big iron pot for his mother that is on the other side of Hemlock Mountain. There is nothing to worry about though since there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain. Right?
For a simple story, I liked the pace. We got to know the main character and his family a little bit before jumping into the “action.” Throughout the story the reader is made to wonder if there are really bears on Hemlock Mountain or not, building the “tension” through character interactions, but mainly with the rhyme the main character uses to keep up his courage on his journey. My daughter always smiled when she read the rhyme to the pace of the boy’s steps.
By the end of his adventure over the mountain, the boy had learned a lesson and had proudly accomplished his task.
Though the story was easy enough for my daughter to read, she still enjoyed it and always wanted to keep reading past the one chapter each day for school, since they weren’t more than a few pages typically.
Overall, I’m glad we got to read this little classic and can’t wait to read another.
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